PEACE, LOVING and HORAFLORA – @ The Santa Fe Complex

by Martin Back

Peace, Loving has been a force of new music around New England and beyond the past five years, performing compositions for aromatics (w/ 3 professional chefs), dances for hand-held tape recorders, working as set designers, video artists, performance poets, instrument builders, and becoming infamous for having a rotating cast doing all these things at once. For this, their fourth tour, they will be traveling as a trio, emphasizing quiet, playful acoustic and electric sounds mixed w/ the spoken word poetry of Brian S. Ellis.

Raub Roy (aka Horaflora) studied sound art and studio technique with Daniel Warner and Christoph Cox at Hampshire College, Amherst Mass, between 2004 and 2006. Warner and Cox are co-editors of Audio Culture: Readings in Modern Music (Continuum, 2004), a collection of critical and theoretical writings on contemporary music, which functioned as a textbook in the course “Audio Culture: Theories and Practices in Music Now”. Raub is also largely self taught in microsound, field recording and other specialized aspects of his field. Raub has performed and recorded experimental music in a variety of solos, duos, trios, etc since 2001, upon acquiring an Akai sampler, which was his instrument of choice until 2007, when a shift in focus led him towards prepared and extended acoustic instruments, as well as electro-acoustic methods of sound manipulation and diffusion.

Peace, Loving and Horaflora will perform wild musics at the Santa Fe Complex on Thursday, Feb. 25th – 7pm. Admission is by sliding scale: $1-$5.

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